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Jill M. Rohrbach
Jill M. Rohrbach
The City of Springdale will host the Northwest Arkansas Juneteenth Celebration this weekend. Juneteenth commemorates the anniversary of African American emancipation.
The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 at The Jones Center, located at 922 E. Emma Ave. This year’s keynote speaker is Paul Adams, assistant professor of chemistry/biochemistry at the University of Arkansas. Activities are free and include a cookout, guest speakers, musical entertainment, games for the kids, art displays, exhibits by local non-profit organizations, ice cream, and large inflatables. You are encouraged to participate in the silent auction, which will benefit student scholarships at the U of A. Juneteenth T-shirts will be for sale at $10 each, along with items from local vendors.
The event is hosted by The University of Arkansas’ Multicultural Center, the Jones Center for Families and the Juneteenth Celebration Committee. Juneteenth, or the “19th of June”, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. In 2006, the Arkansas Legislature first recognized Juneteenth as a state memorial day commemorated by the issuance of a proclamation from Gov. Mike Huckabee.
“Juneteenth recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when Union General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in the Southwest. This was the last major vestige of slavery in the United States following the end of the Civil War. This occurred more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Upon the reading of General Order #3 by Gen. Granger, the former slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America’s second Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African-American holiday observance,” according to a press release from the City of Springdale.